Taking managed Internet connections to the current extreme, PIPEX is offering customers a full 2Mb/s con-nection to the Internet to cope with the continuing growth in demands for bandwidth as commercial users are finding more and more uses for the Internet within their organisations.
PIPEX marketing con-sultant, David Mooring, said of the announcements: "We have been talking for some time to a number of our existing and prospective customers about a 2 Mb/s leased line service, and enthusiasm has been extremely encouraging. The "Information Superhighway starts here."
"These customers are experiencing an increasing number of accesses to their sites, or need to move large chunks of data around the world. Companies which are planning for the inexorable growth of the Internet as a strategic business tool are anxious to have the appropriate bandwidth in place ahead of demand from their own customers."
The number of PIPEXís commercial leased line service customers continues to increase by between 10% and 15% a month, and now totals over 600 companies.
The launch of the new 2Mb/s service follows recent announcements by PIPEX of the ongoing programme to up-grade its network and services.
For those connecting to the PIPEX dial-in services, the recent upgrade to V.34 modems has been a welcome advance, with one user already report-ing success with ASCII transfers at 57,600 bps, thanks to the use of data compression within the modem. As with most Windows/PC users, this rate is limited by the system serial port DTE capability, since V.42 compression allows the possibility of 4:1 compression on suitable files.
The 2 Mb/s leased line service (also known as an E1 connection) is delivered via fibre optic cable that is generally upgradeable to carry additional services. The "traditional" 64Kb/s leased line is delivered over a dedicated standard "twisted pair" (as is ISDN2).
Most modern routers are capable of managing this bandwidth without additional modification.
Itís worth bearing in mind that connections to the same service providers do not travel outside that providerís "jurisdiction" and thus are not exposed to the security issues faced by connections that traverse multiple interconnec-tions through disparate suppliers.
Likewise, connections through routes outside the primary providerís network will always be subject to data rate constriction to the narrowest part of the connection.